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Youth center opening ‘ninja warrior’ course

July 10, 2018
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Ninja warrior course
Courtesy 3 Mile Project

A local youth center will open a “ninja warrior” course at its facility this month.

The not-for-profit 3 Mile Project will host a grand opening of its 3 Mile Ninja course from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 14, at its facility, at 3050 Walkent Drive NW in Grand Rapids.

“3 Mile Ninja is designed for individuals to literally overcome obstacles, and it supports mental and physical accomplishment,” said Stan Kiste, executive director, 3 Mile Project.

“Since we opened our doors seven years ago, 3 Mile Project has welcomed more than 25,000 West Michigan young people. The ninja course will help us reach more people with our mission of creating a fun, inclusive and affordable place for young people to be part of a positive community.”

The grand opening will feature demonstrations by five professional ninjas from the NBC television show “American Ninja Warriors.”

Ninja course features

The 5,000-square-foot indoor course consists of four “warped walls,” including a 14-foot-6-inch wall patterned after the one on “American Ninja Warrior.”

Challenges range from balance to strength and climbing.

Individuals can race against the clock or compete with a friend.

3 Mile Project

3 Mile Project is a not-for-profit youth center housed in a 34,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2010.

The organization aims to provide a “safe, fun and positive” space for West Michigan youths while supporting their physical, emotional and spiritual development.

The $5 entry fee is subsidized by donors.

The facility also can be rented for celebrations, corporate meetings and other group events. The 3 Mile Ninja course will be available to add to rental packages for an additional fee.

3 Mile Project is open this summer from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays for grades 7-10, and the same hours on Thursdays for grades 5-6.

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